impulse! (jazz label active during the 60s-70s, now property of Universal Music Group, mainly used as a reissue label.)

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"The new wave of jazz is on impulse!"

One of the mythic names in the jazz industry, impulse! has been known as "the house that Trane built".
The first activity period under ABC is the glorious one - covering the 60s until 1974 - with an emphasis on free jazz.
New production eventually faded out during the late 70s, though ABC continued to print reissues.
Sold to MCA in 1979, it was almost silent until being folded in under GRP in 1990, which eventually became the Verve Music Group. It has since been mainly reissuing its own stuff only - with a few exceptions: a handful of remix releases and commercial jazz stuff, a few new releases by artists with ties to the former impulse!, and a serie of new compilations and anthology box sets.
This reissue campaign intensified starting 1995, with enhanced/remastered reissues, etc.

Sleeves have a distinctive black and orange design, and sparse liner notes.
Note the label name is correctly capped as "impulse!" (see logos for symetry between "i" and "!").
Catalog numbers were as follow:
* First period: A # (mono) AS # (stereo) AQ # (quadraphonic, not all releases) with # from 1 to 100, then appending a 9 (eg: 9101 up to 9361). Two discs sets used an additional /2. There is a promotional (AS 1974) as well, and a rare 29000 serie (29065 to 29073)
* 1980s: MCD, MCAD
* 1991-1995: prefix GRD optionally followed by one digit (number of discs in the set) followed by a three digit catalog number. Example: GRD2113 (3 discs set)
* 1995-1999: prefix IMPD optionally followed by one digit (number of discs in the set) followed by a three digit catalog number. Example: IMPD8280 (8 discs set)
* 1999-2003: used a subset of the barcode. Example 3145479582 for 731454795821
* 2003-*: prefix B, followed by three zeros, followed by a four digits cat #, followed by 02 for CD, 16 for SACD. Example: B000427002
* some rare Universal Japanese release used cat # like UCCI-####

For a more indepth history, you may consult The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, Ashley Kahn, 2006, W.W. Norton.

Yet unconfirmed:
Note that there appear to exist 7" EP releases for some (?) of the 12".
Currently spotted: at ebay at discogs
Or even reel-2-reel EPs: at ebay
They don't seem to bear a distinctive cat #...
More:
at ebay
at ebay
Shirley Scott Everybody...

Notes:
Don't forget to sort out the Jasmine reissues.

Annotation last modified on 2007-07-12 11:19 .

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Ask Me Now! Pee Wee Russell 12" Vinyl 11 AS 96
It Serve You Right to Suffer (Mono) John Lee Hooker 12" Vinyl 8 A 9103 [none]
It Serve You Right to Suffer (Stereo) John Lee Hooker 12" Vinyl 8 AS 9103 [none]
Live at the Village Vanguard Again! John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 AS-9124
1984 Yusef Lateef Vinyl 9 A 84
Wrapped Tight Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 10 A 87
Sonny Rollins on impulse! Sonny Rollins Vinyl 5 A 91
El Chico Chico Hamilton 12" Vinyl 8 A 9102
Tijuana Jazz Gary McFarland & Clark Terry 12" Vinyl 12 A 9104
Gypsy '66 Gábor Szabó 12" Vinyl 9 A 9105
Thunderbird Louie Bellson 12" Vinyl 8 A 9107
Once Upon a Time Earl Hines 12" Vinyl 7 A 9108
Meditations (mono) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 A 9110
Alfie Sonny Rollins 12" Vinyl 6 A 9111
Profiles Gary McFarland Vinyl 6 A 9112
Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle Oliver Nelson Vinyl 12 A 9113
Further Adventures of El Chico Chico Hamilton 12" Vinyl 10 A 9114
Let It Go Stanley Turrentine Vinyl 7 A 9115
Additions to Further Definitions Benny Carter Vinyl 8 A 9116
A Flat, G Flat and C Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 10 A 9117
Roll 'em: Shirley Scott Plays the Big Bands Shirley Scott Vinyl 10 A 9119
Simpático Gary McFarland, Gabor Szabo 12" Vinyl 11 A-9122, AS-9122
The Golden Flute Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 9 A-9125
Nine Flags Chico O’Farrill Vinyl 10 A-9135 [none]
Psychicemotus Yusef Lateef Vinyl 8 A 92
Latin Shadows Shirley Scott Vinyl 11 A 93
New Thing at Newport Various Artists Vinyl 6 A 94
On This Night Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 6 A 97
1984 Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 9 AS 84
Wrapped Tight Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 10 AS 87
El Chico Chico Hamilton 12" Vinyl 8 AS 9102
Tijuana Jazz Gary McFarland & Clark Terry Vinyl 12 AS 9104
Gypsy '66 Gábor Szabó Vinyl 9 AS 9105
Thunderbird Louie Bellson 12" Vinyl 8 AS 9107 [none]
Once Upon a Time Earl Hines Vinyl 7 AS 9108
Meditations (stereo) John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 AS 9110
Alfie Sonny Rollins Vinyl 6 AS 9111
Profiles Gary McFarland 12" Vinyl 6 AS 9112
Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle Oliver Nelson Vinyl 12 AS 9113
Further Adventures of El Chico Chico Hamilton 12" Vinyl 10 AS 9114
Let It Go Stanley Turrentine Vinyl 7 AS 9115
Additions to Further Definitions Benny Carter Vinyl 8 AS 9116
A Flat, G Flat and C Yusef Lateef Vinyl 10 AS 9117
Roll 'em: Shirley Scott Plays the Big Bands Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 10 AS 9119
Spellbinder Gábor Szabó 12" Vinyl 9 AS-9123
Jazz Raga Gábor Szabó 12" Vinyl 11 AS-9128 [none]
The Dealer Chico Hamilton 12" Vinyl 7 AS-9130
Happenings Hank Jones & Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 11 AS-9132
Psychicemotus Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 8 AS 92
Latin Shadows Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 11 AS 93
New Thing at Newport Various Artists Vinyl 6 AS 94
On This Night Archie Shepp Vinyl 6 AS 97
The October Suite Steve Kuhn, Gary McFarland 12" Vinyl 6 A-9136, AS-9136
Kulu Sé Mama John Coltrane Vinyl 3 A 9106
On a Clear Day Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 8 A 9109
Live in San Francisco Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 6 A 9118
Expression John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 A 9120 [none]
Everywhere Roswell Rudd 12" Vinyl 4 A-9126
Mama Too Tight Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 4 A-9134 [none]
Om John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 A-9140
The Kennedy Dream Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 8 A-9144
A Lovely Bunch of Al Jazzbo Collins and the Bandidos (mono) Al Jazzbo Collins 12" Vinyl 8 A-9150
Light My Fire Gábor Szabó, Bob Thiele and his New Happy Times Orchestra And Tom Scott &Bill Plummer (unknown) 7 A-9159 [none]
Kulu Sé Mama John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 AS 9106
On a Clear Day Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 8 AS 9109
Live in San Francisco Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 6 AS 9118
Expression John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 AS 9120
Tauhid Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 3 AS-9138 [none]
Om John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 AS-9140
The Sorcerer Gábor Szabó 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9146
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac Dizzy Gillespie 12" Vinyl 5 AS-9149 [none]
A Lovely Bunch of Al Jazzbo Collins and the Bandidos (stereo) Al Jazzbo Collins 12" Vinyl 8 AS-9150
Wind, Sky and Diamonds Gábor Szabó 12" Vinyl 11 AS-9151 [none]
The Magic of Ju-Ju Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9154 [none]
It's What's Happenin' Clark Terry 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9157
The Honeysuckle Breeze Tom Scott Vinyl 10 AS-9163
The Dedication Series, Volume VII: The Village Concerts Albert Ayler 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 3 IA9336/2
Om John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 2 IMPL 5006
More Sorcery Gábor Szabó 12" Vinyl 6
Love Cry Albert Ayler Vinyl 8 A 9165
The Wizard Mel Brown 12" Vinyl 8 A-9169, AS 9169
Cosmic Music Alice and John Coltrane Vinyl 4 AS-9148
A Monastic Trio Alice Coltrane 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9156
Selflessness, Featuring My Favorite Things John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 AS-9161
Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood Vinyl 7 AS 9164
Love Cry Albert Ayler 12" Vinyl 8 AS 9165
The Way Ahead Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9170 [none]
Memphis Jackson Milt Jackson Vinyl 4 AS-9193
Three For A Quarter One For A Dime Archie Shepp 12" Vinyl 2 AS-9162 [none]
New Grass Albert Ayler Vinyl 7 AS-9175
Ornette at 12 Ornette Coleman 12" Vinyl 4 AS-9178
Blues for We Mel Brown 12" Vinyl 8 AS 9180
Karma Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 3 AS-9181 [none]
Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton 12" Vinyl 10 AS 9184 [none]
Huntington Ashram Monastery Alice Coltrane 12" Vinyl 6 AS-9185 [none]
That's the Way It Is Milt Jackson Quintet feat. Ray Brown 12" Vinyl 6 AS 9189
Jewels of Thought Pharoah Sanders 12" Vinyl 3 AS-9190 [none]
Ornette at 12 Ornette Coleman 12" Vinyl 4 MIPL 518
Ornette at 12 Ornette Coleman 12" Vinyl 4 SIPL 518
At the Top: Poinciana Revisited Ahmad Jamal 12" Vinyl 7